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Kids Shoes in Extra Wide Width – The Top 3 Sneakers for Extra Wide Feet!

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I have been fitting children’s shoes for the last 10 years, and I recently found out why parents have such a hard time finding shoes for their kids with extra wide feet.

While I was at the shopping mall, I went to check out what type of shoe selection some of the most popular stores such as Nordstrom, Footlocker, and Finish Line had. The selection of shoes that they offered was very limited, but what surprised me the most was that not a single of those stores offered kids’ shoes in extra wide widths (XW).

That’s when I decided to go to a local New Balance store, since New Balance manufactures some of the best shoes for kids with extra wide feet. To my surprise, the New Balance store did not have a single kids’ shoe style available in extra wide widths.

How was it possible that the best shoe brand for kids with extra wide feet did not offer a single shoe style in extra wide widths? It is true that most people shop online now, but some families still like to have their children’s shoes properly fitted at their local shoe store.

My point is, I understand why parents all across the country struggle to find shoes for their kids with extra wide feet. The good news is that stops today, since I am going to provide you with a selection of the best kids shoes in extra wide width.

One of the reasons I love fitting children’s shoes is that it allows me to work with children, and I take what I do very seriously since I truly believe that wearing the correct type of shoes can be life changing.

The store that I work for is a specialized shoe store that focuses on children with foot problems, but provides regular shoe fittings as well. We carry a large range of shoes that are available in extra wide widths (XW), since we have a large number of children with extra wide feet and also children who require orthotics to be fitted inside their shoes, which usually require an extra wide shoe (orthotics take a lot of space inside the shoes).

Please keep in mind that providing your child with shoes that are too narrow can lead to your child developing several foot issues that range from blisters, calluses, and corns to general foot and leg pain.

What Makes the Shoes I Recommend Effective for Extra Wide Feet?

One of the most common mistakes that parents make is to assume that once they find a shoe that is labeled as extra wide (XW), that shoe is going to automatically fit the shape of their child’s extra wide feet. It is true that a shoe that is labeled as extra wide has higher chances of fitting an extra wide foot, however there are other two key features that your kids’ shoes must provide:

✅ Extra Depth: I can’t emphasize enough how important this feature is. Shoes that provide extra depth allow the child’s feet to fit deeply inside the shoes, preventing the top part of the child’s feet from rubbing against the top part of the shoes. :et’s take a look at the difference between a shoe that provides extra depth versus one that doesn’t. Do you notice how the New Balance shoe on the right is a lot deeper than the Nike shoe on the left?

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✅ Rounder Toe-Box: This feature is going to prevent your child’s toes from rubbing against one another or the side of the shoes. Do you notice how much rounder the toe-box of the New Balance shoe is compared to the Saucony one?

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I guess my point is, finding a pair of shoes that is labeled as extra wide is complicated enough, since most shoe stores don’t seem to carry them. However, finding a pair of shoes that provide extra depth and rounder toe-boxes is even harder, since shoes don’t come labeled that way.

The good news is that I know which shoe styles provide extra depth and rounder toe-boxes from having fitted them before, and I will describe them shortly.

I don’t want you to waste a lot of time and money by having to return your kids’ shoes back and forth, so let me ask you this question: Are you 100% sure that you know your child’s exact foot size? If you do, then go ahead and scroll down to see a selection of the best shoes for kids with extra wide feet. However, if you are not totally sure then I recommend that you start by reading another article that I created that is going to show you the simplest, yet most effective way to figure out your child’s foot size from home:

How to Measure Your Kids Foot – 2 Simple Steps to Determine Foot Length and Foot Width

Without further due, let’s take a look at a selection of the best kids shoes in extra wide width. All of the shoe styles described below can be used for everyday wear as they are supportive, lightweight, and durable.

I only review shoes that I have fitted before, as that is the only way for me to tell how well-made the shoes are, the amount of support that they provide, and how they fit.

The Best Kids Shoes in Extra Wide Width 

First Choice: New Balance 680V5/Rave Run ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is my go-to shoe style for kids with extra wide feet. In addition to being available in extra wide widths, this style is one of the deepest ones that I have fitted before and it also comes with a rounder toe-box. This shoe style will accommodate the shape of a child with a high instep.

Parents love how this shoe style comes with a supportive outsole but it’s lightweight and flexible at the same time. This shoe style is also breathable and durable.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order this shoe style a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

All of these shoe styes are capable of accommodating an orthotic, just remember to remove the original insole of the shoes before placing the orthotic inside.

Second Choice: New Balance 990V5/888V2 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 The 990v5 is New Balance’s iconic style that has been around for many years. This is also an excellent choice for kids with extra wide feet as it’s also one of the deepest shoes with the roundest toe-boxes that I have fitted before. This shoe style will accommodate the shape of a child with a high instep.

In addition, this shoe style is going to support your child’s feet while preventing the feet and legs from easily getting tired, since the shoe is lightweight and flexible at the same time. This should be your number one pick if you are looking for a durable shoe since this style is practically indestructible.

I combined the 990v5 and the 888V2 style because they are really similar in terms of the features that they provide. However, most parents tend to prefer the 888V2 style as it provides the same features as the 990V5  style at a more affordable price.

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In order to allow for growing room, I highly recommend that parents order this shoe style a half a size larger than the size their children’s feet measure. This translates to 0.3 inches or 0.7 centimeters of space between your child’s longest toe and the end of the shoes.

All of these shoe styes are capable of accommodating an orthotic, just remember to remove the original insoles of the shoes before placing the orthotic inside.

If after trying any of these shoes you still feel like the shoes are not wide enough for your child’s extra wide feet, do not jump the gun and return them just yet. These are the 3 widest shoe styles for kids, and there are no other shoe choices out there that are wider than these shoes. What I recommend doing is trying to stretch the shoes by using a shoe stretcher. I explain in more detail ho shoe stretchers work in another article called:

Do Shoe Stretchers Work?- The Solution To Kids With Wide And Extra Wide Feet

I have written other articles that describe the best dress shoes and seasonal footwear for kids with extra wide feet. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if you are having trouble finding a particular shoe style to fit the shape of your child’s extra wide feet, it’s highly likely that I have fitted that shoe before and I will help you find it: fittingchildrensshoes@gmail.com

Have you found a particular shoe style that has worked well in accommodating the shape of your child’s extra wide feet? Please share your findings below so other families can benefit from your experiences.

STOP BUYING THE WRONG PAIR OF SHOES FOR YOUR CHILDREN.LETS START TAKING CARE OF THEIR FEET!

I created this webpage to help parents understand the importance that shoes have in healthy foot development and how they can prevent foot problems in the future.Join the rest of the parents who are taking care of their kids feet and get my guide for free: 10 Mistakes Parents Must Avoid When Buying Shoes for their Kids.

 

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